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Brian Dohn- Northeast Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Williamstown (N.J.) High vs. Southern Regional (Manahawkin, N.J.) at Rowan University at 7 p.m.
The South Jersey Group V final is the last chance for Williamstown linebacker and Temple commit Buddy Brown to win a state title. While Brown splits time rushing the quarterback and in coverage in the slot. Class of 2014 cornerback/running back Marques Little holds a Temple offer. Meanwhile, Southern is led by tight end Mike Gesicki, one ofthe top 2014 players in the state. He holds offers from Rutgers and Boston College, and is also getting interest from the Ivy League as a basketball player.
Saturday: Penns Grove (Carneys Point, N.J.) High vs. Woodbury (N.J.) High, at Rowan University at 10 a.m.
Woodbury and Alabama commit Anthony Averett knocked off Glassboro (N.J.) High and running back Corey Clement, a Wisconsin commit, in the South Jersey Group I semifinals and looks to win the state title. Averett, a cornerback, is also one of the top sprinters in the state.
Saturday: West Deptford High (Westville, N.J.) vs. Cedar Creek Regional High (Egg Harbor City, N.J.), at Rowan University at 1 p.m.
West Deptford is led by running back/linebacker Gerald Owens, a class of 2014 prospect who is a punishing runner and a very good tackler. He is 6-foot-2, 250 pounds and a rugged player. He may grow into a defensive tackle, but schools are already paying attention. Boston College, Rutgers, South Carolina and Wisconsin already offered. Cedar Creek is only in its second season, but are playing the South Jersey Group II title game, thanks in large part to Georgia Tech commit Damon Mitchell. He plays quarterback and safety, and is a dual threat on offense. He is also looking at other schools, having already made an official visit to Wisconsin and also looking at an official visit to Rutgers.
Saturday: Delsea High (Franklinville, N.J.) vs. Northern Burlington (N.J.) High, at Rowan University at 4 p.m.
The South Jersey Group III title game is highlights by under-the-radar linebacker Joshua Awotunde, who holds an offer from James Madison and could get a few mid-major offers in the two months before signing day.
Saturday: Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) vs. Kingsway High( Woolwich Township, N.J.), at Rowan University at 7 p.m.
The day ends with a matchup of the most FBS talent on the field as Timber Creek and its five FBS commits look to repeat as the Group IV South Jersey champs. The Chargers are led by North Carolina commits Greg Webb and Dajaun Drennon. Webb, who missed the first two months of the season while recovering from a torn ACL, is a dominant defensive tackle when healthy. Drennon is an athletic defensive end. Timber Creek also has outside linebacker Myles Nash (Rutgers commit), running back/safety Zaire Williams (West Virginia commit) and cornerback Eric Church (Kent State commit) in its 2013 class, and receiver Adonis Jennings (Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Delaware offers) in the 2014 class. Kingsway is led by2014 running back Ray Lawry, who is hearing from plenty of schools, including Rutgers and Penn State. Athlete Justin Morrison is also a player to keep an eye on.
Chad Simmons- National Recruiting Analyst
Sandy Creek has won state titles two of the last three years and they have a lot of talented prospects in the 2013 and 2014 classes. In the senior class, they have Shaquille Wiggins, a four-star corner committed to Georgia, offensive guard Alan Knott that is committed to South Carolina, and linebacker Corey Griffin, and that trio leads the Patriots. Demarre Kitt is a junior wide receiver and he is one of the best in the country at his position. Chris Williams is a defensive tackle in the 2014 class and he has been offered by Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Another junior to watch is quarterback Cole Garvin. They have a few sophomores and freshmen we will be talking about in the future too. Monroe Area has a junior quarterback in Stanton Truitt who is starting to make a name for himself. He is more of an athlete than a quarterback and he could be a slot receiver or a corner on the next level. He is starting to draw interest from D1 schools. Kwan Brooks is a 2014 running back that has made a lot of plays for the Purple Hurricanes this season as well.
Jamie Newberg - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian vs. Miami (Fla.) Dade Christian, 1 p.m.
University Christian takes on Dade Christian in the 2A state title game on Friday afternoon. North Carolina defensive end commitment Marquis Haynes has had a dominating senior campaign, recording 23 sacks in 13 games so far. He also plays on offense and kicks for University Christian. Dade Christian athlete Terrance Alls is committed to David Cutcliffe and Duke. He's just that, a terrific three-phase player that's a standout receiver, defensive back and return guy.
Saturday: Madison (Fla.) Madison County vs. Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.)
University School at 1 p.m.
This is the game of the weekend in Orlando's Citrus Bowl as these two high school powers are loaded with talent. Madison County is led by four-star offensive lineman Ira Denson. Denson has committed to FSU. Cornerback Sheddrick Williams and defensive end Brandon Crawford are two D-1 prospects. As usual Madison County is loaded with underclassmen like 2014 standouts running back Deonshay Well and sophomore athlete Akevious Williams. Then you have University, which is like a south Florida all-star team led by major BCS recruits like wide receivers Dionte Taylor and Jordan Cunningham, defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, linebackers Skai Moore and Nick Internicola, and athlete Jalen Battle. 2014 cornerback Quincy Wilson has a slew of offers already. Meanwhile, sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett may be the best of the bunch and will undoubtedly be one of the top 2015 recruits.
Saturday: Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School vs Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington at 7 p.m.
Another Bolles team vying for another 4A state championship in Orlando's Citrus Bowl, as they take on a loaded BTW team led by five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas and mammoth offensive line recruit Denver Kirkland. Kirkland and Thomas both favor the Seminoles and Hurricanes while BTW defensive back Michael Johnson has already committed to Florida State. Linebacker Chad Thomas, cornerback Nigel Patton, and athlete Treon Harris are all BCS recruits for next season. Bolles is led by junior offensive lineman Kian Schoenborn and 2015 athlete Dexter Carter, Jr.
John Garcia Jr. - Southeast Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Alabama High School State Championships at Jordan Hare Stadium
Madison Country (Ala.) vs. Fayette County (Ala.) at 11 a.m.
Marion County (Ala.) vs. Brantley (Ala.) at 3 p.m.
Spanish Fort (Ala.) vs. McAdory (Ala.) at 7 p.m.
Madison County is led by running back Jordan Chunn, a senior who has offers from Alabama A&M, Jacksonville State and UAB. Spanish Fort has dealt with adversity all season, and boasts a very talented secondary, led by Nebraska commit Jonathan Cook. He is flanked at safety by tackling machine Kylan Cotton. McAdory is junior-laden, particularly up the middle. Running back Garian Bradley is a rising SEC prospect as is 2014 defensive end Cory Thomas.
Friday: Alabama High School State Championships at Jordan Hare Stadium
UMS-Wright (Ala.) vs. Oneota (Ala.) at 11 a.m.
Tanner (Ala.) vs. Washington County (Ala.) at 3 p.m.
Tanner is senior-laden by center Chase Benford, fellow lineman Try Fletcher and skill guys Greg Maclin and Fredrick Rich. Each is looking for more in the recruiting game. Washington County contends with seniors Dan Howard and T.J. Kidd, a pair of undersized players that play bigger than their listed size.
Hoover (Ala.) vs. Opelika (Ala.) at 7 p.m.
Hoover cruised into the title game undefeated, with several standout players. The top prospect on the roster is 2014 defensive back Marlon Humphrey, who has already reeled in offers from most of the SEC and more. Senior DB Devon Earl is a South Alabama pledge and linebacker Jamal Lucas is headed to Southern Miss. Opelika boasts play-making running back Calvin Bryant, who is looking to get his name out there in recruiting more. Junior tight end Jakell Mitchell and defensive back Stephen Roberts are having standout playoff runs that may result in more recruiting attention.
Amy Campbell - Florida Recruiting Reporter
Friday: Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips at Apopka (Fla.) Apopka 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Phillips hopes to remain undefeated as they travel to Apopka - a team they beat earlier this season - for the 8A semifinals. Senior safety and Florida commitment, Marcell Harris, is still out with a knee injury, but Dr. Phillips has managed to win without him on the field the past few games with the help of a strong defense including senior safety Matt Milano, a Boston College commit. Senior running back and Bowling Green commit Eric Harrell leads the offense and 2014 athlete Deionte Gaines has been a big contributor for DP this season. Apopka has a tough battle ahead.
Saturday: Class 3A State Championship - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University vs. Madison County (Fla.) Madison County
Two undefeated teams will meet in the state title game - both have their share of D1 athletes. Madison boasts of senior offensive lineman Ira Denson, committed to FSU, and athlete Sheddrick Williams, who has a handful of nice offers. Keep an eye on 2014 wide receiver Deon'Taye Oliver, who may be small, but he is speedy and hard to catch. University School is about as loaded as any team in the state and has knocked out anyone in their path to state this season. Senior wide receivers Jordan Cunningham, D.J. Taylor and D.J. Woods are all capable pass catchers and 2015 running back Jordan Scarlett has been nearly unstoppable this season. On defense, Maquedius Bain is back from a shoulder injury and holding down the line. Rutgers linebacker commitment Nick Internicola and hot prospect Skai Moore comprise the second line of defense. In the defensive backfield, 2014 corner Quincy Wilson has many schools after him and Kentucky safety commit Jalen Battle has had his fair share of big plays this season. Everything is in place for a great match up in the Citrus Bowl.
Saturday: Class 4A State Championship - Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington vs. Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles
The Citrus Bowl should play host to two great games Saturday, but this one should be the most emotional of them all. Booker T. had all but won state last year and Bolles beat them in a come from behind victory to take the championship. Linebacker Matthew Thomas is one of the most sought-after prospects in the country this year, and he said this game is more than personal. He was hoping that Bolles would be their match-up in the state game. This Booker T. team has been talking about 'revenge' on Bolles since Spring Football and they'll have their chance this week. FSU cornerback commitment Michael Johnson and 2014 defensive end Chad Thomas hold down the defense with Matthew Thomas. Junior quarterback Treon Harris has several offers as well. Harris has several play-makers to choose from on offense. Bolles will need to play better-than-ever to beat Booker T. again this time around.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Saturday: Cedar Hill (Tx) v Waco (Tx) Midway at 2:00 p.m.
Two of sixteen 5A teams remaining, Cedar Hill and Midway sit just three wins from a Texas state title and square off Saturday. Cedar Hill, familiar with December, bring in a loaded squad headlined by Texas A&M commitments commitments Quincy Adeboyejo and Laquvionte Gonzalez, who have compiled a combined 2,547 yards and 37 touchdowns this fall. Dual-threat quarterback Damion Hobbs, an Arkansas State verbal, has also tallied quite the numbers, throwing for 2,256 yards and 24 touchdowns, in addition to nine scores and 591 yards on the ground. Anchoring the defensive charge will be linebacker Isaiah Lewis and 2014 cornerback Marcus Green. This said, expect Midway's electric running back B.J. Kelly and receiver Hunter Jarmon to bring quite the test. Jarmon, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, holds a plethora of offers from Missouri, Baylor, Kansas State, Oregon State, Washington State, among others.
Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Corona (Calif.) Centennial vs. Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne at 7:00 p.m.
Centennial is known for their line play and they have one of the best tackles in the state in California commit Cameron Hunt. Hunt could play tackle or guard in college and has landed offers in the last week from Oregon, Michigan and Nebraska. On the other side of the line, DE Garrett Hughes has also committed to Cal and has had a very solid season. Junior QB Robert Webber may not have the size to play at the next level but he has dominated the competition this year. Webber has thrown for 3,344 yards and 34 touchdowns with just four picks and rushed for another 648 yards and seven more scores. Narbonne has as much BCS talent as any school in the region. Washington QB commit Troy Williams is the state's top signal caller and Cal WR commit A.J. Richardson has been a game breaker all year. The defense is led by DL Paulo Lepua who had 19 sacks this season and linebacker Kieshawn Bierria, easily among the top handful of 'backers in the state this season.
Kevin Carden, West Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North vs. Long Beach (Calif.) Poly at 7:30 p.m.
Long Beach Poly, regarded as arguably the top talent producer in all of high school football over the past twenty years, is once again loaded with college level talent at several positions. The top overall prospect for the Jackrabbits is sophomore cornerback Iman Marshall. The elite 2015 corner looked terrific last week against Mater Dei, keeping four-star tight end/wide receiver Thomas Duarte in check all night. Junior safety John Smith is the most impressive 2014 safety that I have seen in person. Smith has great size, physicality and ball skills. UCLA linebacker commit Jayon Brown is another big-time prospect that plays with a lot of passion and attitude. On the offensive side of the ball, Washington State tailback commit Gerard Wicks is a tremendous power backs and is a great get for Mike Leach. Clovis North is lead by 6-foot-6 tight end David Wells, a San Diego State commit.
Annabel Stephan, West Field Reporter
Saturday: San Diego (Calif.) Madison at Monrovia (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m.
Monrovia (12-2), the reigning CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Champion, will make it's first bowl appearance this Saturday as the Wildcats face off against the 12-1 Warcats in the Division III Regional Finals. Madison's offense features a pair of Arizona commits in running back Pierre Cormier (5-11, 180) and wide receiver Lee Walker (6-0, 160), who both verballed to the Wildcats in August. Scout calls Cormier, a three-star prospect, "one of the most explosive backs in the region." Monrovia receiver Mason Bryant, a 6-foot, 175-pound prospect, leads the team's offense. Bryant saw an increase in his recruitment over the season, picking up offers from Air Force, Army, and Ohio, as well as offers from six of the eight Ivy League programs: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Pennsylvania, and Yale. This season, Bryant has led his team in every receiving category and has focused more on the season that on recruiting, keeping his options open and waiting to take visits. The Wildcats' defense features a pair of Division-1 bound linebackers: George Frazier (MLB), a 6-foot-3, 235-pound player committed to Colorado, as well as Brett Walsh (OLB), a 6-2, 215-pound Northwestern commit. Cornerback Anthony Craft (5-10.5, 170) holds offers from San Jose State, UNLV, and South Dakota State.